There is a wonderfully entertaining music magazine that music nerds sometimes collect called the Etude Magazine. It is entertaining due to the fact that it was published in the late 1800s – 1950s, so they had an interesting take on music in the culture of that day. The following is such an excerpt from March 1900, and they try to figure out why America is so unmusical. Paragraphs 5-6 are the highlights of this article (this is so genius I can’t contain myself *sarcasm*):
Moral of the story: Be poor and you will compose amazing works in your attic.